WWE Announces First Round Of Talent Cuts: Updated Throughout the Day

Earlier today, the WWE told staff and investors that they would be furloughing certain staff members as well as announcing talent cuts. This afternoon, the WWE announced the 1st round of talent cuts on Twitter:

The initial list includes: Drake Maverick, Curt Hawkins, Karl Anderson, EC3, and Lio Rush

Justin C’s Take: Unfortunately this is the world we are living in right now. Cuts are expected, even in a billion dollar company like the WWE. This will be updated throughout the day as more names are announced.

UPDATE 1:46 p.m.: John Pollack confirms that Luke Gallows is also among the cuts.

Update 1:55 p.m.: Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful reports that Eric Young and Heath Slater are among the cuts.

Update 2:25p.m.: The WWE released a number of backstage producers. Among them include Billy Kidman, Mike Rotunda, David Finlay, Pat Buck Shawn Daivari, Scott Armstrong, Sarah Stock, Shane Helms and Lance Storm according to PWInsider.

They have also released Kurt Angle and Aiden English.

Update 2:40 p.m.: Sean Ross Sapp is reporting that both Sarah Logan and Mike Chioda have been released.

Updated 2:57 p.m.:

Update 3 pm: Erick Rowan, Primo and Epico have all been released according to Sean Ross Sapp.

Update 3:05 pm: Mike and Maria Kanelis has been released according to Sean Ross Sapp.

Update 3:36 pm: Zack Ryder and No Way Jose have been released.

Update 4:20 pm: Rusev Day is cancelled, as the WWE has confirmed that Rusev has been released.

Update 4:40 pm: Deonna Purrazzo has been released according to Fightful.